Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season

| May 29, 2017

Take a trip to Louisiana as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season on DVD on May 30, 2017

Following the highest-rated two-episode debut in OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network history, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment brings you Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season. From award-winning filmmaker Ava DuVernay and executive producer Oprah Winfrey, the series tells the story of the Bordelon family, as three estranged siblings return home after a family tragedy forces them back together. Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season will be available May 30, 2017, on DVD for $29.98 SRP. The full first season of Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season is already available to own on Digital HD via purchase from digital retailers.

Contemporary drama Queen Sugar chronicles the lives and loves of the estranged Bordelon siblings in the fictional town of Saint Josephine, Louisiana. After a family tragedy, the Bordelons must navigate the triumphs and struggles of their complicated lives in order to run an ailing sugarcane farm in the Deep South.

Starring Rutina Wesley (True Blood), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (Unforgettable), Kofi Siriboe (Awkward), Omar J. Dorsey (Rizzoli & Isles), Dondré T. Whitfield (Middle of Nowhere), Timon Kyle Durrett (Single Ladies), Nicholas L. Ashe (Custody), Greg Vaughan (Lucifer, The Closer), Ethan Hutchison (The Path), Marycarmen Lopez (Book of Ruth) and Tina Lifford (South Central), the drama begins as Charley (Gardner), a savvy woman living an upscale Los Angeles lifestyle, returns to her family home and reunites with her siblings, Nova (Wesley), a world-wise journalist and activist and Ralph Angel (Siriboe), a formerly incarcerated young father in search of redemption. Their newly inherited farm forces the siblings to rely on one another as they rebuild both the land and their relationships. Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season brings all the renowned first season’s powerful family moments set to an original music score created by 10 time Grammy nominee, Meshell Ndegeocello.

The brain-child of Winfrey and DuVernay was so highly anticipated, Queen Sugar was renewed for a second season even before the series premiered.  Based on Natalie Baszile’s best-selling book, Queen Sugar lived up to its predicted success with 2.4 million viewers tuning in to the September 2016 two-night premiere, a network record.

“After such a spectacular debut, we are excited to bring every moment Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season to DVD in anticipation for the second season!” said Rosemary Markson, WBHE Senior Vice President, TV Marketing. “Featuring an interview with showrunner Ava DuVernay, we’re looking forward to giving fans an exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at this show’s remarkable production.”

Queen Sugar is a fabulous series, showing the trials and tribulations of a family that is splintered upon the death of their father. One sister who had been away in California as a sports attorney seems to loathe the idea of moving back home. However, circumstances in her marriage with her basketball hubby involved in a sex scandal make it a bit easier for her to agree to return and help bring the first harvest of sugar to their family farm, since the patriarch’s death.

The siblings couldn’t be any more different. The other sister is a journalist and also a part time weed grower, selling her product to whomever comes knocking on her door; this is after she has indulged in an illicit relationship with a married police officer.

Then there’s the son who has had a few brushes with the law and who has a young son for which he no longer has custody because of his illegal dalliances. Aunt Vi is a no-nonsense woman who loves her man Hollywood immensely. But all is not good at her home, either, as the story later reveals, and she keeps throwing it in Ralph Angel’s face that he isn’t quite ready to take permanent guardianship of his own son.

DuVernay and Winfrey could not have cast these roles any better. As an older adult, I loved that the great Glynn Turman was cast as the patriarch of this family, even though he wasn’t on the scene for long. Lifford is a veteran actress, as well, who brings so much goodness and “auntie reality” to this role, as many of the other cast members. Queen Sugar is definitely an ensemble piece that shows the love, struggles, betrayal, jealousy, hopes and ambitions that many families experience, but in this case, we get the treasure that is called Louisiana on top of all that goodness.

Queen Sugar: The Complete First Season is also currently available to own on Digital HD. Digital HD allows consumers to instantly stream and download all episodes to watch anywhere and anytime on their favorite devices.  Digital HD is available from various digital retailers including Amazon Video, CinemaNow, iTunes, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. Special features include “Extraordinary in the Ordinary: Making Queen Sugar”; “Oprah Winfrey and the Cast Q&A”; “Inside Queen Sugar: Origins”; “Deleted Scenes.” The 13-episode DVD runs 585 minutes.

About the Author:

Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J., is an editor, writer and film critic in Chicago. She is the author of "Old School Adventures from Englewood--South Side of Chicago" and the proud parent of "the smart rapper"--chemist-turned-rapper, turned humanitarian...Psalm One!
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